|For Children – Measles is more than just a rash and can lead to serious complications including meningitis and blindness, particularly in babies and young children. In fact, 1 in 15 children who contract measles develop serious complications.Cases are on the rise and the disease is highly infectious.The best way to protect your children from this serious and preventable disease is to keep their vaccinations up to date. The Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and has been used since the early 1980s.All children should receive their two doses on time at 12 months and again at 3 years and 4 months.Check your child’s red book and make contact with your practice to catch up on any missing vaccinations.
For Adults – If you are not protected and have even passing contact with someone with measles, the chances are you will be infected too.There is no treatment or cure for measles but the MMR vaccine protects you against this dangerous disease.Getting vaccinated isn’t just for children. It is important at any age, particularly if you have a weakened immune system or a long-term health condition. So if you are not fully vaccinated, make contact with your practice to catch up on any missing vaccinations.